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Micromax Asia Cup T20 2016
India cage Tigers in opener  
Sports Reporter
Published :Thursday, 25 February, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 34
Bangladesh cricketer Al-Amin Hossain celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of unseen Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan during the Twenty 20 match between India and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday.      photo: Observer
Bangladesh started their Asia Cup 2016 mission with a big defeat as they lost to India by 45 runs in the curtain raiser at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma was the hero for India leading his side with a brilliant knock of 83 runs. He guided India when they were under pressure. Rohit might thank Shakib as the Bangladesh all-rounder dropped Rohit for 21 runs. If Shakib had not dropped Rohit the result of the match could have been
India posted a challenging 166 runs for six wickets in 20 overs after they were sent to bat first. Chasing the target Bangladesh could hardly manage 121 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs.
The beginning of Bangladesh was not good enough. They lost both the opener Mithun (1) and Soumya (11) for 15 runs in 3.2 overs.
Sabbir and Imrul then tried to recover the early damage adding 35 runs for the third wicket pair. The pair was broken when Imrul walked off the ground scoring 14 runs.
Shakib joined on field Sabbir but he failed to meet the demand of the Tigers. At that moment Bangladesh needed a good pair that last long. But Shakib became run out scoring only three runs.
Soon after, Sabbir, who was looking better and kept some hope alive for Bangladesh, got out.  He tried to pull the short delivery of Pandya but he could manage a top edge and Dhoni took it easily.  Sabbir scored a 32-ball 44 runs with two fours and sixes each.
When Bangladesh lost the wicket of Sabbir they needed 85 runs more in just 35 balls with five wickets in hand. With that tough equation to win Mahmudullah came to the pitch but failed as well getting out with seven runs in a delivery of Nehra. In the next ball Nehra grabbed the wicket of Mashrafe (0).
Mushfiq and Taskin then added unbroken 21 runs for the eighth wicket pair which only reduced the margin. Mushfiq and Taskin were unbeaten with 16 and 15 runs respectively.
Earlier, India stumbled at the beginning in front of the ferocious pace attack of Bangladesh. Al-Amin bowled Shikhar Dhawan (2) in the second over with the team total of only four runs.
In the fifth over Mashrafe sent depending batter Virat Kohli (8) back. Then Mahmudullah came to the act and hauled Raina (13) to create pressure on India.
But Rohit and Yuvraj Singh deal with the pressure smartly adding 55 runs for the fourth wicket pair. Shakib Al Hasan broke the pair departing Yuvraj (15).
During the pair Rohit got a life. Shakib dropped him at point when Rohit was on 21 runs and India's total was 52 for three wickets in 10.3 overs.
Actually the dropped catch by Shakib snatched the momentum from Bangladesh and Rohit utilised the life properly to lead India from front.
With the life Rohit became more dangerous and assisted a quick 66 runs with Hardik Pandya for the fifth wicket stand. The duo added the runs in just 27 balls that carried India's total to that high.

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